Meet  the Trainers

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Mike Calinoff
Owner / Trainer

If you are looking for someone to train your dog, we're probably not the right company.

While we are called 'Dog Trainers', our strengths are really centered on training you. Essentially, we are your "Coaches" -- teaching you the the how's, when's and why's of dog training, so that you can effectively train your dog. We are with you every step of the way, until we are all satisfied that we're on our way to making your pups the best they can be!

Doglogics | Puppy Pros owner, trainer and entrepreneur, Mike Calinoff, is the founder of the Practical Positive Development Method, which conditions your pup to make better real-life decisions. 

"I think the most gratifying part of what we do, is to see the look on a clients face, when their dog makes a decision to sit, when they could have jumped on a guest. Or, when they see another dog on a walk, and choose to look at them instead of react. You can almost see the next-level of bonding because they are so proud that their pup has the ability to think about making a better decision. 

He has served on the Board of the Humane Society of Iredell County from 2011 - 2016 and is a lifelong pet welfare and rescue advocate. 

Mike has quite a unique background.

In an earlier life, Mike was a stand-up comic where he appeared at such venues like Catch a Rising Star in New York and The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, California. He makes the training fun, too. 

Mike is also a well-known figure in the NASCAR community. Most notably, he is a three-time Championship Spotter and two-time Daytona 500 winner with Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

​In addition, Mike owns Bark Avenue Walks & Pet Sitting -- a Five-Star-rated dog walking & pet sitting company. That's where his passion for training dogs was jumpstarted. 
 

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Victoria Calder

Lead Trainer

Victoria Calder's career in dog training was spawned from her love and dedication to fostering. She realized, early on, that she had good sense of what it took to shape the behaviors of young dogs — many of whom didn’t get an initial fair shot at life. 

 

Upon completing formal studies, she began fostering and training for an organization that provides service dogs to military veterans, who suffer from PTSD.

 

“There’s not too many things more gratifying than seeing the joy and useful service, that a dog can bring a veteran,” says Victoria. 

 

She joined the Doglogics | Puppy Pros team in April of 2022 and works great families and pups across Lake Norman. 

 

Victoria lives in Cornelius with her two girls, dog Norman, cat Luna and bunnies Lola & Jellybean.